I am a strong advocate for animal welfare. I don’t know how anyone could not be. But I also know plenty of people just can’t be fucked.
There are still people who go to take selfies with Tigers in Thailand and ride elephants. There is an explosion of selfie tourism in The Amazon which is killing adorable sloths in droves. It’s shocking that even when you try to educate people about what these animals endure they just shrug and continue to do it for the gram.
But then there is this donkey and I struggle to know how to approach it.
This donkey is tied up in the sun with no food or water on an uneven surface and has no access to shade. There’s nothing good about this. But I would presume that this donkey is owned by a family, or some sort of local person and is used to support that persons life. Whether to pull a cart down the street or through a field or whatever, this is a work animal and without it a family potentially may not survive. But still it is not being treated well.
And here’s the thing, this donkeys life will be shortened by living like this. There is no doubt about it, and when the donkey dies the family will be faced with the financial burden of replacing it.
So really, when we respect animals and treat them well, we all win. And before anyone goes for my throat, I am not implying that the owner of this animal does not care that its being treated poorly and thus its life shortened, but rather they either do not know, or they are not able to full appreciate that the short term financial responsibility that might come with providing a bucket of water, a flake of hay, and a shelter from the sun, will ultimately be payed back ten fold with a more able animal for a longer period of time.
It’s a difficult battle but if we can start with little bits of education here and there, then that’s totally worth doing in my opinion.